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that we adopt policies to combat the illicit activity of this criminal regime. , is respect to kim jong-un ow he solidifying his hold on power vis-À-vis when he first came in? changed the number ofhas ministers. he has moved people around a bit. the people around him and with the most recent visit of this an dennis rodman, a number of those prayers are those who have interested but the u.s.. is that messaging? it probably is to the u.s. the people around him are more of hardliners. one would have thought 12 months ago he was trying to put on the sidelines. >> it is a common misperception the notion that there is some type of policy difference or conflict between the leadership and the north korean ella terry. -- north korean military. there are competing interests, but the north korean system's total monopoly of the clan over the rest of the nation including the military has been nearly perfected. the north korean founder learned this from chairman mao of china. make sure that the party controls the military and maintains power to appoint and promote general's, making key personnel decisi
to the process and sit down no. 3 and say what are you doing? is kim jong un committed to denuclearization? and determine if there is any viability to go back to the joint statement. that is a process and that is a meaningful one and my last comment is, i was one of the few in 2012 who was optimistic. i saw some personnel moves being made by kim jong un. he replaced his ministry of defense and replaced his chief of staff. he put people in there, the party officer who is overseeing the military general. he put his uncle into a high position where he treated -- there was some momentum and that fell apart. because of the process. they just launched an they tested and that has come to this position where we're at. a very dangerous stalemate. the chinese now can move this process forward. get them to the table and get some momentum going rather than continued escalation and potential for confrontation. >> thank you. ambassador joseph. would you put your microphone on, please? >> thank you for the invitation to be here and to testify. i will try to be very brief. while one can argue and i think
. >> when kim jong-un he was an unknown quantity. but with more aggressive weapons development from the north koreaian yeah over the last couple of years, the nuclear test, and certainly an escalation in the rhetoric, if not outright threats to attack the united states. what is the take on him now? is he attempting to bargain his way to the bargaining table to get aid and money? or is he a more serious threat than first imagined or a more serious threat than his father? >> as you note, there's a lot of unknowns here. but we have to take seriously every provocative word and action that this new young leader has taken so far since he has come to power. e have seen historical trajectory here on where north korea will go to get the attention of the united states, to try to maneuver us into some position favorable into to them whether it is more assistance or bilateral engagement. but the fact is, this is the wrong way to go. the action he's taken and the actions they have taken and the words he's used is not going to project a more responsible, accountable relationship. >> isn't it the
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